In response to reports that U.S. charges, sanctions Iranians for global cyber attacks on behalf of Tehran, a cyber security expert with Juniper Networks commented below.
Nick Bilogorskiy, Cybersecurity Strategist at Juniper Networks:
“The recent US government action – to name Iranian state intelligence responsible for cyber attacks against US targets – continues the trend of state-sponsored cyber attack attribution. By applying sanctions quickly against the Iranian hacker network involved in this incident, the United States is signaling that any cyber attack against the country will have consequences. It is another recent example of the US both calling out malicious state-sponsored cyber behavior and taking action against it. However, the sanctions applied by the U.S. Treasury Department will have very limited effect on people without US-based assets or bank accounts.”